Whenever you have leftover hard-boiled eggs, make egg salad and then make these Egg Salad and Cheese Quesadillas for breakfast. I use low-carb tortillas for a breakfast that's South Beach Diet friendly.
I can tell by how many people are reading my post about making perfect hard-boiled eggs that left-over hard-boiled eggs are on the menu this weekend, so it's the perfect time to share this recipe for Egg Salad and Cheese Quesadillas, sent to me by someone who reads Kalyn's Kitchen. I thought this was a delicious new breakfast idea, but I can't find the original e-mail, so I hope the person who shared it will see this post and leave a comment so we can properly thank them.
I used Carb Chopper Whole Wheat tortillas, which make this a South Beach Diet friendly breakfast option, but if you don't care about that you can use any type of flour tortilla that appeals to you. I kept my egg salad mixture pretty basic, but check after the recipe for more egg salad ideas if you'd like to be adventurous.
Start by chopping your perfectly boiled eggs into pieces about 1/2 inch. You'll need about one egg for each quesadilla you're planning to make.
It's a personal preference, but I like to mix the egg salad mixture gently, so that it's still fairly chunky when you're ready to spread this into the tortillas.
The person who sent me the recipe mentioned that she sometimes uses cheese, and I thought the cheese added flavor and helped keep the egg mixture together inside the quesadilla.
Egg Salad and Cheese Quesadillas
(Makes 4 quesadillas, can easily be increased. Recipe shared by a Kalyn's Kitchen reader.)
4 hard boiled eggs
4 small size flour tortillas (use whole wheat or low carb
tortillas for South Beach diet)
olive oil or non-stick spray for spraying tortillas and pan
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
2 T mayo or light mayo
1 1/2 T finely chopped green onion
1/2 tsp. Spike Seasoning (optional, or use other seasonings of your choice)
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
1/4 cup finely grated cheese (I used a low-fat Mexican blend of four cheeses)
Follow instructions for making perfect hard-boiled eggs. Let eggs cool enough to handle, then peel and cut into pieces about 1/2 inch. Mix eggs with Dijon, mayonnaise, chopped green onion, and Spike seasoning. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Spray or brush olive oil on frying pan and on bottom side of tortillas. Spread egg salad mixture on half of each tortilla, not going clear to the edge so it doesn't fall out while quesadillas are cooking. Top egg mixture with 1 T grated cheese, then fold the tortilla to make a half-moon shaped quesadilla.
Heat frying pan over medium-high heat, then cook quesadillas about 3-4 minutes per side, or until cheese is melted and they are slightly browned. Serve hot, with salsa on the side if desired.
South Beach Diet / Low-Carb Diet Suggestions:
With low-carb tortillas like I used, this recipe is great for the South Beach Diet and most low-carb eating plans. The tortillas do have flour, so this is technically Phase Two for South Beach.
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More Variations on Egg Salad:
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly, check ingredients.)
Easy Egg Salad from Pinch My Salt
Egg Salad in Pita with Green Olives, Green Onions, and Dijon from Kalyn's Kitchen
Egg Salad Sandwich from Simply Recipes
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